Renting a Bouncehouse for your next backyard party? With all the recent news and the announcement of a federal investigation into the safety of the Bouncer Rental Industry; here at Executive Events & Entertainment we have decided to release our Bouncehouse Safety Guide. A guide which outlines all the appropriate safety measure that we take and you need to take when setting up and operating a bouncehouse. For sake of ease we have decided to forgo the classic blog post setup and present you with a numbered checklist which will ensure that your bouncehouse rental goes off without any injury.
Bouncer Safety Guide
Review the following checklist to ensure that your Bouncehouse rental is ready and safe to use. Remember over 50,000 Bouncers are rented everyday during the summer months and 96% of them go off without a single incident. That is due to vigilant Bouncer rental companies like 3E ensuring that every single customer is trained and well versed on all the safety rules and features of the Bouncehouse.
or other garbage. Sweeping the area with a bristled broom before setup
is the best way to ensure all debris is clear. If need be lay down a
protective tarp (provided by the bouncer rental company) and place the
bouncer over that tarp.
2.. Check the Weather!!!
-There is nothing worse than a rained out party. Checking the weather
is essential for the proper planning of any inflatable (bouncer) rental.
Be sure to check the precipitation chances and the wind speeds. If the
wind speed exceeds 15mph your bouncer rental company should
suggest that you schedule an alternative date. Too high of winds
make the Bouncer unsafe to operate and here at 3E we will NOT
operate in winds exceeding 15mph. It presents a clear risk to the riders.
If need be consult an aerometer for precise on site winds speeds.
3. Make sure the Bouncer is Anchored.
-The recent stories of Bouncers flying off into the air and injuring kids
are a direct result of poor anchoring. At 3E we provide each bouncer
rental with either 4- 18inch steel stakes or 4-100lb sandbags to
ensure that bouncer will not mover once it is setup. If setting up a
bouncer by yourself, Be sure to pound the stakes into the ground until
only the very top of the stake is showing. Ideally you will drive 17 of
the 18 inches of each stake into the ground. Using sandbags, be sure
to strap each bag to the anchor points on the bouncer. Finally, Check,
Check, and Double Check each anchor point to ensure that it is
secured to the ground. DO NOT let anyone in the bouncer until
you are 100% positive that is it anchored to the ground.
4. Check the Blower Connections
- Every inflatable whether a bouncer, obstacle course, or mechanical
bull is inflated using a electronic blower. The blower requires 1
independent outlet, meaning it needs its own electrical circuit to
operate. Nothing else can be plugged into the same outlet as the
bouncer blower. Visually inspect that the electrical connection is secure
and that the extension cord is tucked out of the way so nobody will
trip over it. Also, inspect that the blower is firmly secured to the
bouncer inflation tube. Each tube strap sewn to it so it can be secured
to the blower. Remember, the blower must stay on in order for the
bouncer to remain inflated.
5. Visually Assess Each Rider.
- There is always a wide age range of riders with any bouncer rental. It
is the responsibility of the operator to ensure that the kids bounce
safely. We suggest separating the kids by age and size. Have similarly
sized kids ride together. With similarly sized kids, the chances of any
injury are greatly reduced. You DO NOT want to put big kids in
with little kids. Also, keep in mind how many kids you are letting in
at once. Unfortunately there is no magical number so you will have
to visually make sure that each set of riders has enough space inside
the bouncer to bounce without running into one another.
6. Manage the Behavior.
- Beyond ensuring that the bouncehouse is setup correctly, it is of
extreme importance to manage the behavior of the riders once they
are in the bouncer. As a general rule, stick to bouncing only. NO
flipping, somersaults, cartwheels, wrestling, or any other contact
behaviors. 9 times out of 10 when an injury occurs in a bouncehouse
it is because the rider is doing something other than just bouncing.
Ensuring your riders do nothing but bounce in the bouncer will not
completely eliminate the risk of injury but it will greatly reduce it.
This is not a definitive manual on bouncehouse safety but it will help ensure that you can prevent injuries at your next party or event. For a complete guide please refer to your bouncer rental company. They should have a training/licensing book which outlines all the safety rules, regulations, and laws regarding bouncer rentals in your area. PLEASE NOTE!! If your bouncer rental company does not have a training/inspection book for you to see, do not use them! If they have no training/inspection book then there is a good chance they are not licensed and insured for bouncer rentals and will have NO recourse for you in the unlikely event that there is an injury.
What YOU Should Look For!
Licensing! All inflatable rental companies must have their pieces licensed and inspected by the state. At the end of this process each inflatable is assigned a license plate number. Much like on your car, the number is used to identify each specific piece. According to state law that bouncer company must have that licensed plate readily available to be seen upon request. Always Ask your bouncer company to show you their license plate number for the bouncehouse you are renting. If it has a number that means that it has passed all of the rigorous safety standards that state puts forth.
Training! Bouncer rental companies are required to keep training logs. This means that whenever you have a bouncer dropped off at your party, the bouncer company should take you aside and run a short training session so you are informed on the do' s and don'ts of bouncer operation. at the end of the training session you should be requested to verify and sign the training log for that inflatable. Training logs are important, the state needs to be able to verify that each and every operator has been trained. This relates back to accountability. Training is an important factor in keeping everyone safe inside the inflatable. If your bouncer company does not offer training or furnish a training log then do not use them! They lack the accountability needed to keep you and your guests safe.
Cleanliness! Cleanliness to another important thing to look for in a bouncer company. Do not be afraid to ask how often your bouncer rental company cleans their inflates. You should look for a company that cleans their inflates after every use. This ensure that you are getting a sanitary product and something that will add some aesthetic appeal to your party. Nobody wants to allow their children to bounce in a dirty looking bouncehouse. Remember cleanliness is a factor that state looks at when inspecting inflates.